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The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues #1)

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Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will, leaving her decendants an impossible decision: You have a choice - one million dollars or a clue.

Grace is the last matriarch of the Cahills, the world's most powerful family. Everyone from Napoleon to Houdini is related to the Cahills, yet the source of the family power is lost. 39 clues hidden around the world will re
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Scholastic Press
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Book one of The 39 Clues: The Maze of Bones, by author Rick Riordan, is an exciting young readers adventure book that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat. Well, your toilet seat. The only place worth reading this book is while you've got a few minutes of privacy on the porcelain throne.

Amy and Dan Cahill are typical squabbling siblings who believe one another are the most annoying brother and sister in the world. However, that all changes when they get summoned to their mega-rich gra
Grace Cahill changed her will moments before she died. For Amy and Dan, the loss of Grace, their grandmother, is a terribly sad event. They will miss their weekends spending time at the family mansion hearing stories of Grace’s past adventures and exploring the many rooms.

After the funeral, certain family members are invited to the reading of the will. Amy and Dan are included. Everyone is anxious to find out what their inheritance will be. No one expects what happens. Everyone is given a choice
I've signed up for an online account, and am told I am a Lucien. Let the hunt begin. One of my 7th grade teachers read aloud the first chapter to her 130 students on Friday. Guess how many requests I have for the book now?

I finished the book last night, have entered one set of cards and unlocked my first clue, and have mastered the first five tasks the online game has presented to me. I wanted to be able to answer student questions about how to play or what was required. I plan to raffle off (fo
Sep 24, 2008 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 5th grade and up
Reads like Luke W. was the ghostwriter. (Which means it's really good!) Starts with a bang!

I read this one pretty quickly, as it is definitely a page-turner. My expectations may have been excessively high, due to the fact that I like Rick Riordan and I've heard so much buzz about Scholastic's hope to keep themselves big in the post-Harry Potter market with this new "multi-platform" series (books, trading cards, internet game, and cash prizes). I'm giving this four stars and not five for the fact
Monica Edinger
Well, I've read MOST of it. The ARC is missing the ending. Scholastic did that on purpose because it is all part of the game, the cards, etc.

What I read was fun, but not amazing. It appears to be an Amazing Race sort of book --- a bunch of different groups all chasing around the world for clues that will solve a big mystery. This first one sets things up. Two kids (younger boy is a gaming/computer guy while the older sister is a shy bookworm) and their au pair (just happens to know the right la
Eva Mitnick
My review copy of The Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan (Scholastic, 2008) came with 6 game cards embedded in the cover. After musing about how this would work in the public library, it occurred to me to read John Mason’s accompanying letter – library editions, of course, will feature reinforced binding and NO game cards.

Game cards? Yes, this is one of those “it’s a book! And a trading-card game! And an online game!” multi-platform series thingies. There will be ten books (outlined by Rick Riordan a
In Which Rick Riordan Attempts Another Harry Potteresque Cash Cow.

Good God, is this man the most shameless author currently working in children's literature? First the highly derivative (but at least marginally entertaining) Percy Jackson, and now this - a hokey National Treasure meets Amazing Race mash-up? 10 books, each written by a different author, that follow a sibling duo as they globetrot, attempting to piece together the titular clues in order to reveal a single earth-shattering prize
If you liked The Westing Game, Chasing Vermeer and enjoyed the movie National Treasure, this book will at the very least not put you to sleep. But if you're looking for a piece of kids' fiction that will knock your socks off the way Harry Potter knocked most of our socks off, this ain't it.

This is the first in a series that publishing house Scholastic hopes will buoy its financial success along after the conclusion of the Harry Potter series. If only this book were nearly as complex, well-writt
I can't decide fully how much I liked this book. It really depends on the rest of the series. It was fun to read. It was very much like National Treasure though, which I do love.

These relatives of a deceased woman are put up to a challenge that could make them the most powerful of their family...or of the world...

It was a bit annoying...and this could be a little bit of a spoiler (so sorry if this bugs you...but I don't think it gives much away) how often when Amy and Dan found clues anot
I was impressed with the first book in the "39 Clues" series.
I thought that it was going to just be a non-stop action adventure book for boys but it turns out to be something more.
The first book in the series "The Maze of Bones" is written by Rick Riordan, the author of the very popular Lightening Thief series. And each book following will be written by an acclaimed junior fiction author; Gordon Korman has penned the second in the series.
What I enjoyed is the amount of history, archaeology and
Supposedly the next "Harry Potter" according to the publishers, I got the book at the book fair and began reading it to my 4th graders. It definately reads like it is written as a screen play, not a novel. I hear a movie, action figures, etc. are in the works. The characters are flat and unlikeable, the plot was difficult to follow, and the clues weren't even remotely close to anything a grade school kid could figure out. Add to the fact that the first few clues were in France with tons of Frenc ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Since this one comes with games and such and I anticipate a lot of students reading it, I feel obligated to read it. Not that there isn't some interesting stuff in the book -- some of the history can lead to further interest from the readers, but there are also so many issues: full of cliches, flat/cardboard characters, easy-ways-out without intricate patterns, and remarkably draggy for this type of supposedly fast-paced, action-packed thriller. So far, some kids really enjoyed it and yet I also ...more
Eliza fuller
Feb 22, 2010 Eliza fuller is currently reading it
i am on chapter twelve and i am at the part where they are following iriana in paris and they have found the headquarters of one of the branches in there family.
Sofia Teixeira
Rick Riordan está, provavelmente, a tornar-se um dos meus autores preferidos de literatura juvenil/Young-Adult.
Depois de ter lido o primeiro livro da saga de Percy Jackson, fiquei rendida à escrita creativa e divertidíssima do escritor. Quando este livro me chegou às mãos, a vontade de o ler foi intantânea e em nada me desiludi.

O Labirinto de Ossos traz-nos uma competiação entre várias equipas formadas por pessoas dos vários clãs da família Cahill. Grace, a avó dos dois personagens principais Da
I always figured I'd enjoy these books - I love solving puzzles, and I love reading, so what a delightful combination!

I was not disappointed. This books follows Amy and Dan Cahill, sister and brother (14 and 11 respectively) who accept the challenge to hunt down the 39 Clues of the Cahill family. They don't know what the clues will lead them into, or even what awaits them at the end, only that the whatever is there will make them quite powerful (and possibly save the world).

But, Amy and Dan are
melanie (lit*chick)
Sep 20, 2008 melanie (lit*chick) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to melanie (lit*chick) by: school librarian
Shelves: childrens-lit
The school librarian mentioned this to me, and I decided to see what the fuss was about. My tendancy is to run away from books with slick marketing ploys, but I'll probably get caught up in the madness anyhow. Just like that darn Twilight series.

after finishing:
I think this will be a neat series for older elementary readers. It's got a lot going on, but isn't hard to read. And it is fun for the parents to get involved too.

reminds me of the movie National Treasure mixed with the show Amazing Race
Audrey (8) is reading these and says she really likes them. The funny thing about that though is that while reading the second book in this series she has picked up two other novels to read at the same time. She'll read a chapter of 39 clues, then put it down and read a chapter of The Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis. Now, I can't speak for her, but when I pick up another book at the same time I'm already reading a book, it means I am bored with the first book.
This book was like a kid version of
I see you there, 39 Clues series, ripping off Harry Potter with your four family branches each represented by an animal. I don't care if this is a children's book; how addictive!
4.5 estrellas y no se leva las 5 porque hubieron partes algo flojas y sosas con las que no logre conectar pero de resto un buen libro, es de esos libros donde te permites descansar de tanto drama, sex e intensidades porque era mas o menos lo que venia leyendo y gracias a Amy y Dan me pude entretener un rato.

El libro es sencillo una familia sumamente importante en la historia del mundo pierde a la mujer que era como la cabeza de familia y para lograr salvar el mundo decide realizar una competenc
"A Million Dollars or The first Clue? This is what the Cahills are being offered when Grace died. They can choose the million dollars and walk away. In case they chose the clue, they can discover how powerful their family is,but the thing is they need to burn the check and be prepared for the adventure awaits them, and they are being warned
that the journey can cost their lives.

Amy and Dan Cahill is the closest family member to Grace coz their parents died when they are still young. Now that Gra
Salman H. Dhrubo
Well this is practically the 2nd time i've read this book. The 1st time i read it, it wasn't actually pleasent. I mean the charecters, the plot, the puzzle solving everything was okay but the writing style!!! It was awful!!! But wait! i've read it in Bengali then, the translated one! It made all the differences. No one write like uncle rick actually. The humor he writes with, the wits, the detailing everything is just awesome when HE writes it. No one can translate that i guess :).
Now the book
Duffy Pratt
Silly, but kind of fun. My big problem with this is that there are so many books in this series (11 in the first series and five in the following one, so far), and I get the feeling that they are very much in the DaVinci Code school of mystery. Here's what I mean: this book pretends to rewrite history (so Ben Franklin and Mozart are now distant cousins), it has the structure of a mystery, but there is not really a mystery because absolutely no-one could figure out what these "clues" mean.

I was neither disappointed nor impressed with this book. My cynical self wondered how good the story could be if you need books, trading cards, and the internet to tell it; my Rick Riordan fan self just said, yay! The plot is quite engaging, if DaVinci Code-esque (or rather, The Eight-esque, but I digress). I'll read another one or two to see how the different authors affects the storytelling. The concept reminds me of Click and it will be interesting to compare the two. I haven't gone online ...more
This was an AWESOME book! Rick Riordan is one of my favorite authors and he definitely comes through on this one. I felt like the effort to come up with "witty" clues fell a little short, as I was expecting a large, challenging puzzle that wouldn't be revealed for quite a long time, much like the Spy X series. Unfortunately, it seemed as if Amy or Dan or someone with them (Nellie, Allstair Oh, etc.) instantly knew the answer. Most of this book was focused on the action from getting from place to ...more
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If only I were 14 again... Rick Riordan would be my idol. I am excited about this new series, and sure hope that a lot of kids pick this book up and enjoy the new adventure. Riordan had a great idea - an interactive mystery, with prizes even available. If only I could enter....... I love the way he mixes interesting historical facts with a present-day mystery - a mystery that could determine the fate of the whole world! It's kind of like a Da Vinci Code for kids. A very entertaining quick read.
Anna Serra i Vidal
Nice read, but Mr. Riordan is far way better when he writes on his own rather than following a pubbed house guidelines. Loved Percy Jackson way better than this one. It lacks the humor, I guess. Or it's more subtle in this case.
Anyway, fun read for kids, throws them into reading and into searching for clues. Which isn't bad.
I enjoyed 39 Clues “ The Maze of Bones” by Rick Riordan because it caught my attention with all the intense situation that go on during the book. This book tells how smart kids are and how they use their resources. This book involves some American history.

Dan and Amy’s, Aunt Grace told them that Cahill family was the most important family in history. She tells how the Cahill family has influenced history. When Grace dies she sets up a game to see who would win the treasure. The one million doll
Lara Ivey
This fast-paced mystery takes Dan and Amy Cahill on an adventure like no other. Dan and Amy’s parents have died and now their dear grandmother, Grace Cahill, has as well. Grace has left Dan and Amy with a difficult decision. As part of her will, they have to decide if they are going to take one million dollars each or get the first clue of 39 that will lead them to ultimate power. Once they decide to take the clue, danger and adventure never stop. They even end up in Paris, France searching for ...more
Flora Bateman
Minutes before she died Grace Cahill changed her will. Family members were given the option of a quest for something unknown or one million dollars. Amy and Dan, two kids whose parents died under mysterious circumstances, opted for the quest to get away from the Aunt who has custody who only wants their money. Pitted against other ruthless family members they are in a race to find a treasure.

This is a fun read for someone in middle grade. Its very much like the movie National Treasure and is ce
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Rick Riordan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of many books, including the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Please follow him on Twitter and via his official blog.

More about Rick Riordan...
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“She led the way. Eyeless sockets of the dead seemed to stare at them as they passed.
"These are cool," Dan decided. "Maybe I could-"
"No, Dan," Amy said. "You can't collect human bones."
“I've got a few ideas," (Amy) admitted. "But I don't know where we're going in the long term. I mean - have you ever thought about what this ultimate treasure could be?"
"Something cool." (Dan)
"Oh, that's real helpful. I mean, what could make somebody the most powerful Cahill in history? And why thirty-nine clues?"
Dan shrugged. "Thirty-nine is a sweet number. It's thirteen times three. It's also the sum of five prime numbers in a row - 3,5,7,11,13. And if you add the first three powers of three, 3 to the first, 3 to the second, and s to the third, you get thirty-nine."
Amy stared at him. "How did you know that?"
"What do you mean? It's obvious.”
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